Research & Restoration

The Florida Oceanographic Society is leading efforts in research, monitoring and restoring habitats in South Florida, particularly in the southern portion of the Indian River Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most bio-diverse estuary, home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 36 rare and endangered species. A key component of our programs is the involvement of the community in our efforts. We coordinate several programs in which volunteers are directly involved in research and data collection. This information is then disseminated directly to our local community. It is our hope that these "citizen science” programs foster not only knowledge, but stewardship of our treasured ecosystems in Florida.
To learn more about our research department, call 772-225-0505, ext. 112 or e-mail vencomio@floridaocean.org.
 

Upcoming Research Events

Seagrass Survey

Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Spend the morning underwater collecting seagrass data with our research team! Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a mask and snorkel. Ideally, volunteers will have experience snorkeling and be willing to learn how to identify and measure seagrass species. more…

Seagrass Fragment Collection

Date: Thu, Jan 26, 2017, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Learn how we identify, collect, plant, cultivate, and survey some of the most common species of seagrass found in the Indian River Lagoon. more…

Oyster Shell Bagging

Date: Fri, Jan 27, 2017, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Research Events
Summary: Attention oyster volunteers! Join us for an oyster shell bagging at 9 a.m. at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center and help bag oyster shells that will eventually be deployed into the Indian River Lagoon for restoration. Please wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothing and bring a reusable water bottle. Gloves provided. Participants not wearing closed toe shoes will not be allowed to participate for liability/safety reasons. more…

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